I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in years this week. I actually slept through the night for a full seven hours! I can only remember sleeping through the night once ever before this. I’ve always been a bad sleeper, it takes me ages to get to sleep and then I’m a really light sleeper and need the conditions to be just right. I’ll be disturbed by the smallest bit of light, noise, movement, change in temperature, so it’s near impossible for me to share a bed with anyone and get my 40 winks.
Occasionally Rob and I will sleep separately for that reason and I was so happy when I woke up on Wednesday and actually felt rested. It was the first time in years I woke up and didn’t feel tired. It was amazing.
Onto other lovely things, I had a really nice walk through the forest on one of my lunch breaks this week with my colleagues and returned to the local pool for a swim (without my colleagues, that would be a bit weird) on another. I did fail to stick to the one hour lunch break on one particularly miserable rainy day but I’m trying, and on the days I’ve succeeded I’ve definitely reaped the benefits.
I picked up a copy of Eat Pray Love from a charity shop the other day which I’m looking forward to reading. I’ve seen the film but never read the book so that will join my pile of books to read. I’m currently reading The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan which to be honest hasn’t grabbed me as much as another book of her’s I’d previously read and so it’s taking me a while to get through. But it is nice coming up to bed a bit earlier to wind down with it. I’ve been enjoying a lot of blogs recently (which are often which tear me away from said book). La Lingua is a travel blog that I discovered last month which is written by a woman called Lucy who has a wonderfully poetic way of describing things so that the reader feels like they’re there with her. I also recently discovered Notes from Joana, which is a lifestyle blog which talks a lot about personal development with a mindful slant.
Sticking with the mindful theme, I downloaded an episode from The Wellness Wonderland Radio Show which was with Melissa Ambrosini: ‘Self-Love, The Beauty of Single-Tasking & Mastering Your Mean Girl’, which was really interesting (listen to it here). I can’t remember how I came about it, I think I read about it on another blog but one thing that stuck with me is how women wear multitasking as a badge of honour but actually we’re doing lots of things, really badly, at once. What we should be doing is one thing at a time and putting all of our focus into that one thing. I suppose that’s really a form of mindfulness in itself – noticing and acknowledging exactly what we’re doing at any particular moment in time.
And finally, I went to a lovely self care class this morning which was run by Dionne and Ketil from Changing the Menu. It was run at the Lick Warehouse in Brighton and was part yoga, part meditation, part creative journaling. One of many things that I thought I could take away was a super easy way to self massage by putting two tennis balls in a sock and then rolling them over your body in areas where you hold tension. I found it really helpful rolling them under my back! The whole session was slow and calming, just what I needed. Afterwards I stayed for a chat and tea and then had a lovely takeaway lunch from veggie cafe Iydea.
This is all very self care at the moment isn’t it?! But it’s exactly where I am at the moment, I’m trying to make a conscious effort to look after myself better so hopefully you don’t mind me talking about it a bit more here on the blog too 🙂